Seattle band He Whose Ox is Gored - a mouthful I know, but at least it’s memorable - are set to release their new album The Camel, the Lion, the Child 9 October on Bleeding Light Records. If you’ve got a hankering for the kind of sprawling, epic post-metal that rolls ominously like dark clouds over big sky country, this foursome proves they do it extraordinarily well on the new track “Zelatype”, which you can hear below. With keyboards offsetting the almost gothic arrangement, it creates a strong dynamic between light and shade, a textbook example of how contrast can accentuate extreme music beautifully.
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Dig into the second album by Last Good Tooth, and if you know you’re indie rock, you’ll hear an incredible similarity to the great Lambchop, not only in the use of horns but especially when it comes to the crooning of guitarist Penn Sultan. Only with this band, they take the music into the darker corners of Americana. Sure, there’s a sense of playfulness at times, but with the aching fiddle by Alex Spoto adding a strong, melancholic atmosphere.
California band Ted Z and the Wranglers pride themselves on developing their gritty Americana sound on every stage they can play on, and you can hear it on their debut album Ghost Train, which will be released on 16 October. The laid-back, shuffling country of “Go Find Your Heaven” is a fine example of what you can expect on the rest of the record.
Post-rock, math rock, progressive rock, art rock, noise rock, whatever you want to call it, Canadian band Baby Labour (note the Canadian “u”) fit in each category. Like a crazed Captain Beefheart with severe ADHD, yet still cognizant enough to keep the music from flying completely out of control, the trio tear their way through seven unpredictable and very fun tracks on their punnily titled new album Aruban Sandwich, which is out now.
A native of Calgary, Alberta but now based in New York City, singer-songwriter Nadia Kazmi has just her new EP Lamb, which is her first collection of new original material since 2008’s Arrival. The murky tune “Haunting” is a tremendous example of how Kazmi approaches blues rock: stylistically it’s similar to the lean attack of Anna Calvi, but Kazmi’s singing steers it into much sultrier territory. It’ll stay with you long after first hearing it, and you can see the new video for the track below.